AquariusHigh impact sexualised nudity
“At once an up-to-the-minute study of Brazil's class and economic tensions, a sensuous memory piece...and a lovingly tailored vehicle for the ever luminous Sonia Braga”
Retired music critic, Clara (the magnificent Sonia Braga) is the only remaining resident of the Aquarius, one of the last ‘40s-built apartment blocks in a rapidly changing neighbourhood in the exclusive seaside district of Recife in Brazil. Despite all the other apartments having been sold to a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, the independent-minded Clara holds out, adamant that she will not be bullied into selling the beachside home that has been a silent witness to her long and deeply lived life. Impatient to get their project underway, the company ratchets up the pressure tactics. In the confrontation that follows, Clara finds untapped reserves of strength that put her on a collision course with the developers but which also reanimate a powerful connection to her past.
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s follow up to Neighbouring Sounds (2012) screened in Official Competition at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, taking out the festival’s top prize.